In an all-new weekly feature, KomiX asks those working right in amongst all the goings-on in the comic book and pop culture industry to answer the same set of questions – giving you all an insight into the real lives of those who are living the dream!
Our first Featured Guest is Andrew Wildman!
1. What exactly is your job?
Renaissance Man 😉 Seriously though, having been a comic book artist for many years I now work in TV as a Production Designer or Storyboard Artist.
2. How did you get into it?
Wasn’t much good at anything else at school. I was asked to leave after one year of the 6th form. Went to do ‘Graphics’ at college because a friend of mine was. I didn’t even know what it was. Trained as a Graphic Designer then blagged my way into comics and just pretty much made it up from there.
3. How long have you been doing it?
30 years 😮
4. What’s your favourite colour?
Purple. It’s what you get when you mix Fire and Ice (Red and Blue). Seems like the most appropriate colour for humans.
5. If you could only read one comic book for the next year, which one would it be?
Erm. I don’t really read comics anymore. Am currently reading The Crow for the first time after meeting the amazing James O’Barr recently. That might take me a year.
6. Whose work do you admire the most, or are inspired by, and why?
I have been inspired by many people over the years. I started as a John Buscema fan and then Barry Smith. Then early Jim Lee. Then Leinil Francis Yu. I also love the work of an American illustrator from the 30’s and 40’s called Franklin Booth. Am also inspired by everything from Rossetti to Rothko and Hitchcock to Blackburn.
7. Are you right or left handed?
8. What’s your ultimate, pick-me-up, feel-good song?
Hey Dude by Kula Shaker
9. What are you working on right now?
Just finished a canvas commission (yes, I paint as well) and am about to start a year of work on two children’s TV shows.
10. Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Trek I guess. Star Wars is a classic narrative but when I was young I wanted to be Captain Kirk, so there ya go.
11. What’s your favourite piece of work that you’ve done?
Force Works #22 It was my last gasp at Marvel and the best work I did there. They were bad times back then what with books getting cancelled all over the place. the amazing mr Nel Yomtov (editor) gave me the last issue to do and I really feel I could have made the next step onto one of the more secure books but it was not to be. At the time the crash of Marvel ruined my life, but in hind sight it was the making of me. It forced me to look at others areas of work and has led to where I am today. I was stuck back then thinking that comics were my life and all that I was good for but I am so much happier now than I was then and have had the immense pleasure of working on some incredible stuff in TV.
12. Did you cry at the end of Toy Story 3?
I am the person who hasn’t seen it. Yes, you thought everyone had, didn’t you. Maybe I should.
13. What comic book/novel/movie/TV show shaped you as you were growing up?
Already mentioned Star Trek. Other than that, Spider-Man and Captain America really resonated with me as a child. All that introspection. I think they made me the Emo that (according to my kids) I am.
14. What’s the best thing about the comic book industry?
Well it’s certainly not the money. I think comics are an amazing -if often wasted – narrative medium that allows you to tell BIG stories with a very small budget. That and the fans. I love meeting fans at conventions, especially the ones with the really rubbish cosplay outfits. Those guys are awesome because they have such a huge amount of heart.
15. What’s the worst?
The pay for artists and writers. And the disgusting amounts of money spent on those hideous Marvel movies and the way that the majors dominate the shelves.
16. Dogs or cats?
17. Why should comic fans support independent comic shops?
Because the independents is where the love is. They introduce you to new cool stuff and also give you what you want. Rather than force feeding you with what gets them the best return. ALL independent shops should be supported.
18. Imagine it’s 20 years in the future. What do you think will be the planet’s greatest achievement in the last two decades?
The breaking down of boundaries and borders and the made up and divisive distinctions we have between people. When we do that we can really all be ‘better together’
19. If you’re able to tell us, what are you excited about working on in the next 12 months?
Two TV shows. One is ‘Ruff-Ruff, Tweet & Dave’ (I was Production Designer on season1). We are just about to start season 2 of the show (it runs on Cbeebies). The other is ‘Shane the Chef’, which is a show created by me, my wife and a writer friend. It goes into production in January and will appear on Channel5’s MILKSHAKE in 2017 😀
20. And finally, how do you take your tea/coffee?
Milk, no sugar
Andrew’s brilliant graphic novel, HORIZON is available to order at www.horizongraphicnovel/the-book